A mobile and agile public sector workforce makes good business sense. Employees also benefit from gaining cross-agency perspectives. It increases their awareness and understanding of whole of government priorities. Mobility can also assist in building and strengthening relationships between agencies. This is important because many of the issues the Australian Public Service (APS) must address do not fall neatly within a single agency’s boundaries. Collaboration is required.
“Over 80% of APS level employees have only worked in one agency”
APS employees can move from one APS agency to another and maintain employment continuity. Mobility occurs through transfers and promotions. Transfers at level are the most common way of moving between agencies and are consistently higher than the number of promotions each year.
Over the past 15 years mobility rates have fluctuated between 1.1% and 3.1% of the APS workforce. Mobility rates declined markedly between 2012 and 2014 as a consequence of interim recruitment arrangements. During this period the advertising and filling of roles in the APS was tightly controlled. The total workforce reduced through this period. Mobility increased during 2015 when recruitment arrangements were streamlined.